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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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83
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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maybrick on 12-11-2004

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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by maybrick:
Photo of maybrick
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a beautiful dark orange to amber color. Immediately the nose tells you this is going to be a beig hoppy one. Head is brilliant white with nice lace. Carbonation is perfect just like the rest of Brew Brian O'Reilly's beer tend to be. According to the company website the hops used are Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, East Kent, Fuggle, Simcoe, Styrian and Target hops. This represents the single hop IPA project done during the year culminating to the finish of this beer.

The drinkability is good for those true hopheads amongst us. It is not for the light at heart on the backend. There is definetely detectable malt up-front, then builds the bitterness on the tongue and has a dry crisp finish.

I think this is a very good brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at The Hop Shop in State College, PA.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium amber colour with an orange glow around the edges. Half a finger of cream coloured head that quickly disappeared.

S - Pine, herbal and light citrus notes with a noticeable malt backbone. Not an overly bitter nose for a DIPA.

T - Piney hops up front with a good bitterness. Light citrus notes. The bitterness is somewhat dry with some orange zest coming through along with some floral/herbal notes. Some sweet caramel in the backbone.

M - Medium body with a nice chew; light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy bright orange with a big billowing white pillow like head and a slow fade leaving a nice lace down the sides. Smel was sweet, with a big citrus hop presence. Lots of orange, pineapple and tangerine flavors, balanced nicely with hints of carameled sugar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was very nice, warm, with lots of hoppy bite. Very smooth, and no real hint of alcohol whatsoever. This was very nice and a definate keepe

Photo of boelker62
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like almost all Sly Fox IPAs, very little aroma. Looking past this, the complexity is fairly deep, and you can pick out some of the varietals. Maltiness is light. That is expected and preferred, however. Of course the bitterness is going to be smoothed out, as all the varietals play, bounce, add and subtract from each other. This is nicely bittered, and has a wonderful finish. I have had all the single varietal brews that make this 2006 Odyssey, and this year’s combination outweighs them all. A great addition, and wonderful to have in bottles this time. A local must-have.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From TJs on 1/5. Reviewed from notes.

Deep amber in color, Odyssey has a sticky and fluffy marshmallow-like head. It produces thick and sticky spiderweb lacing. This is a good looking beer.

The aroma is odd...grassy and earthy hops with bready and caramel malt presence, along with a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is similar, as the bready and caramel malts pretty much crush everything out but the alcohol. Some caramel and sugars are also evident.

The feel is thick but lacks that sticky hop character that I really think makes some of the best DIPAs what they are. A little bit disappointed by this one. I was expecting better.

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a clear copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a flowery hop, rose petals and a touch of mint.

The taste presented a sharp, yet light caramel malt accented by waves upon waves of hops taking the form of dry flowers, mint and tea leaves.

The mouthfeel was light and vlean with a lingering bitterness.

Overall a very tasty and uniquely hopped ale.

Photo of gabedivision
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can to a Tulip glass

A- Pours a crystal clear burnt orange, light ruby red, with a 2 finger head with decent retention, nice stickiness lacing the glass.

S- A nice tangerine/ orange juice, citrus peel zest in there. Buttery malt on the finish, with hints of caramel and toffee.

T- Up front has the flavor of biting a fresh pineapple, mixed with some grapefruit and orange that is smoothered with sugar, sweet malts pop up all throughout the sip, alcohol warms towards the end and finishes very bitter. A weird funk occurs somewhere mid sip, cant quite put my finger on it, but its holding me back from really liking this brew, there is also a slightly metalic taste i would assume is coming from the can.

M- Medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation, very sweet, finishes dry and bitter.

O- Decent DIPA, if you like balance, you might enjoy this. Its not a hop lovers dream nor a malt cravers dream, just a happy medium, and if it werent for a taste i couldnt get out of my mouth i may have enjoyed this a little more.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown with a nice head and lace.

The aroma of piney hops,grapefruit and malts with some alcohol in the back.
The taste starts off with malts,some sweetness and then a super power hop comes through.
The feel was mild bitterness with medium body and a smooth carbonation. A well balanced beer.

Notes: I enjoyed this beer and I liked how easy it was to drink. Good strength in the ABV,but seems a lot less.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear bright orange to copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some deep amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy light beige head that slowly reduces to mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a couple of medium patches of thick film, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with a touch of light fruits upfront. Moderate aromas of citrus/orange/tangerine and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts that imparts very little sweetness to the overall flavor of the beer. There are moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange/tangerine and pine hops which impart a moderate to heavy amount of bitterness which lingers for a long time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: This beer has quite a bit of lingering bitterness but is still pretty enjoyable. Not the easiest beer to drink because of the intensity of the bitterness but there are some nice hop flavors in it.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Surprised to see this retired. I just bought a bottle in Rochester 1 month ago.
The beer pours a clear amber color with fluffy eggshell white head of 3 cm foaming up easily and fading slowly.
Aroma is mild pine sap and some caramel mixing almost indeterminably. Sweet and sticky nose, if scents can have a texture.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine and gentle carbonation. Slight syrupy texture and a fine sticky coating on lips after each sip.
Flavor is caramel and toffee then rolling to pine sap and bitey hops that linger long after each swallow. Some grapefruit hits the sides of my tongue as well.
The ABV is hidden pretty well and the beer is dangerously easy to drink considering the 8.4%.
I like this beer and find it to be a nice drinkin beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, hops, big piney hops. In the taste, dry piney hops and a small sweetness via the malt. A small bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Big piney hops, yet somewhat thinner and watery than expected.

Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper in appearance with little head but some lacing left behind. There is a mild floral nose and the malt and hops blend very well in the taste. There is a spicy hop finish which is the highlight of this offering. A very good effort even if it fell a bit short of a top tier DIPA.

Photo of hoagzzz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a six day old growler.. It looked fresh, just specifying for context purposes. Not bad, not great. Pretty decent sweet malty undertone.

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored and clear. Ample lace left on the glass. The head is near perfect in size and settles to a thin layer of minuscule bubbles.

Pleasant floral aroma of fresh hop is the first impression to the nose. Light grapefruit and paler malts. Attractive

Pale malt base is overwhelmed by a bittering hop. Yet, this is not an extreme beer. Although unbalanced, it is not one-dimensional. The body is lighter than I would like for the style--moderately distracting. The higher carbonation adds to this effect. The aftertaste is an extension of the smell, plenty of grapefruit with a modest level of peppery spice.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for this one.

A: The pour is an amber color with a moderately sized off-white head and some nice lacing.

S: The nose is citrusy, offering up lots of grapefruit with more caramel malt than I'd like, but still not sweet.

T: The flavor had a pleasant bitter grapefruit flavor along with a hint of pine. The sweetness was not as pronounced as I was expecting, but did provide balance to the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, bitter, and refreshing finish.

D: A pretty nice DIPA. Not my favorite of the style, but a bit of a surprise and some good flavors.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odyssey Imperial IPA, found on tap. Pours light orange, the bartender did not leave much room for head, but lacing goes all the way down the glass.

Big aroma of citrusy hop, floral notes are there as well. Flavor follows the nose with a enamel stripping bitterness. Malt is overwhelmed by the hops but in a good way. Resiny, grapefruit, lemon and very bitter. Drinkability is limited due to the strength and bitterness. A good night cap beer and a palate wrecker. All in all, I thought this is a pretty strong example of the style, and a must for hop heads.

Photo of bort11
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vermonthiker for this one.

22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Thick head that stands a fingers width. Great retention. Lacing clings to the glass and creates an awesome webbing. Color is a darker amber orange with red hughes when held to the light.

Smell is a sharp hops bitterness. Piney, herbal, and citrusy. Taste is very complex, with the flavors changing as it rolls back. Sharp and piney up front and smoothes out to fairly sweet and fruity in the back. Noticeable malt balance. Mouthfeel has a solid medium body.

This is the first Sly Fox beer I've had, and I'm impressed. I hope Odyssey comes out of retirement.

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received via trade with dashirey. Poured into my spanking new Urthel glass

A: Clear reddish copper with steady carbonation and a dense, frothy two finger white head. Sticky lacing as the head recedes.

S: Pine and grapefruit hops up front with a solid malt backbone featuring caramel. There's a slight fruitiness as it warms up.

T: A good dose of bitter up front - sharp and moderately astringent. The malts start to peep through but disappear pretty fast with a long, moderately dry and bitter finish.

M: A very pleasantly carbonated beer, nice body, pleasant finish. Definitely good

D: Oh boy, is this easy to drink!

Photo of prg1976
2.27/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber colored, white head. Some lacing and head retention.

Smell is malty, some pine hops in the background.

Taste is a sweet malty mess with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel and drinkability....yeah, it doesn't really matter, there's got to be something wrong with this bottle. It's dated 12/8/11 (best by, I assume) so it can't be that old. Last year's version was a lot better than this. I'm not impressed.

Photo of bluehende
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice little double. A bit malty for my taste, but not bad. Nothing special , but if you like a maltier DIPA this may be worth a go.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking beer with a color of amber with orange high lights. Poured into a glass it produces a dense thick head but fades quickly. Well carbonated and a tad hazy probably some cold chill. Good lacing.

Aroma is light with a pretty balanced bouquet. Hops have a pineapple and citrus smell while the malts are light and sweet.

A lackluster taste here. The beer is bitter and tart and does not complement the apperance and aroma.
Malts are pale in taste but are muted from the extreme bitterness. Hop flavor is absent.

Bitter and tart and a bit harsh. Could use some flavorful hops to balance.

Photo of pezoids
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was enjoyed at the Grey Lodge Pub in Philly. Poured a clear and golden amber orange with a thin head on top. Juicy bits of delicate lacing left on the glass. The aroma yields a light and bitter maltiness. The taste is bitter and full of musty hops. The bitter qualities build as you consume more with tannic fermented fruits taking over the palate. Although the bitterness is very assertive, this remains quite drinkable. Medium to full bodied. The body is smooth with a nice creaminess and a nutty bitters. Largely drinkable for a “middle of the road” strong beer.

Photo of jifigz
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass.

The beer pours a nice and rich deep amber orange color with a head that lingers for quite a while and dies very slowly. The receding head and the beer while being consumed left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is boozy, malty, and a decent amount hoppy. The aroma a bit more defined smells of slight toffee, a nice hop bitter aroma, and a little bit of coffee-rather interesting for an Imperial IPA. The flavor is deep and nicely balanced between a strong malt body (even with some good roasty notes) and a good bitterness. The flavor isn't extremely powerful, but it is very enjoyable. The initial flavor starts out mild and fruity and then gives way to a powerful bitter note. The MF is rather light and soapy.

This is an interesting beer. It tastes different than most Imperial IPA's, but I can't really pinpoint what the flavors are...A good brew nonetheless.

Photo of 99bottles
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A light orange-copper body, clear and with moderate to high carbonation. Poured with a 1" head of white foam that exhibits very good retention, and is very sticky on the glass.

Smell: A nice boquet of hops give this a real punch. I detect mostly citrus notes, some conifer spiciness. Nice.

Taste: This is very nice. It has a good firm bitterness start to finish, ending with a refreshing spicy smack. The most prominent flavors I got were orange, some faint carmel, lots of oily hops and all that goes with that; pine, some grapefruit, some pepper. Mostly though, this drinks very nicely without overpowering the mouth.

Mouthfeel: It's not a real light drinker, being a double IPA and all, but it still remains rather lively. As I said before, the carbonation is nice and active and keeps the sweetness and the slick malts from weighing this down.

Drinkability: I never had the pleasure of trying any of the single hopped IPAs, but this Imperial IPA does a really nice job of siutating the hops into their respective places. I really like this, it's another winner in this style.

Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper orange in color with just a touch of chill haze. Poured with a dense with foam that alowly reduced to a thick cap that ledt sheets of sticky, soapy lacing on the glass. This is undeniably a malt forward DIPA. Toasted and caramel malt aromas up front with floral hop buttery notes. Light resinous pine hop aromas in the background. Slightly heavier than medium bodied with a buttery feel and light carbonation. Toasted and caramel malt flavofs up fron followed by floral and then intense hop bitterness to the end. Finishes with a slighlty boozy lingering pine hop bitterness. Love the DIPA in the can !

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.